Some people find medical cannabis helpful for chronic pain, especially in the short-term, but there are questions about long-term effectiveness and safety. Cannabis wasn’t recommended by Mayo Clinic when I attended their Pain Rehabilitation Center in 2018 nor is it recommend by the International Association for the Study of Pain.
I have found I don’t need medicine or supplements to manage my chronic pain. Of course, your experience may differ. I know mine did earlier in my pain journey. My relief came by changing how I think about, feel about, and behaving around my pain with pain rehabilitation using self-management.
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Although chronic back pain is a common medical complaint, no specific cause is found in up to 85% of cases with central sensitization as a potential contributing factor (Sanzarello, et al, 2016) along with fear of pain and activity as maintaining factors.
Check out these back facts from OSullivan, et al, 2020:
Tom Bowen is a chronic pain patient who turned into an advocate, educator, and collaborator.